District 7 E-Newsletter

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107


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Ben Otten

Legislative Assistant

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(502) 574-3454

Phone Numbers
of Interest

Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 574-7275

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447


In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

Hello Neighbors and Friends,

I am encouraged by the number of citizens who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  This means that eradication of this dastardly disease is around the corner and life as we once knew it is on the horizon. 

In this issue, you will find a plethora of information about the vaccine - who is eligible to get the shot, how to sign up and where to call if you have questions about the process or want updates on appointment openings.

If you are interested in getting the vaccine, register for an appointment ahead of time so that you can get it when you are eligible as availability is low and bookings usually fill up quickly. The two available vaccines in the country to date require recipients to receive two doses, separated by a specific number of days depending on the vaccine you receive. 

After you make your reservation and before leaving to get vaccinated, make sure you have proper identification, confirmation showing that you are eligible to receive the vaccine that day, and by all means take your mask and hand sanitizer. 

With all new initiatives, there are kinks and missteps.  It is my understanding that Kentucky is fairing better than most states in getting its citizens vaccinated and avoiding waste of dosage. Unfortunately, there is a problem with getting enough vaccines from the federal government to keep up the pace that's needed to satisfy all requests. This is being evaluated and will soon be worked out.  With that said, and knowing that we live in a world of immediacy, we may have to embrace the old adage that patience is a virtue, and exercise it as much as humanly possible. I truly believe that our health department personnel are doing the best they can under some very demanding and unpredictable circumstances.

When it's your turn to sign up for the vaccine and you can't seem to make a connection online or through the phone to make your appointment, and you are at your wits end, please send an email to let me know. I will then contact the health department to make them aware and help them become more efficient. Together, we will get through this, and together we will defeat COVID-19!

Enjoy the extended weekend!

Leadership Kentucky Recognizes Paula McCraney with Lisa Murrell Award

Posted on January 6, 2021 by lky@leadershipky.org

Frankfort, Ky. (December 21, 2020) – Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, announced Paula McCraney, as the recipient of the 2020 Lisa Murrell Award. McCraney serves on Louisville’s Metro Council for District 7, where she proudly represents 25 suburban cities and six neighborhoods. She serves as a member of the Metro Council’s Budget, Labor & Economic Development, and Public Works Committee.

“It truly is an honor to receive the esteemed Lisa Murrell Award from Leadership Kentucky,” said Paula McCraney. “Lisa Murrell exemplified what it meant to be a true servant leader and to be mentioned in the same sentence as someone like her is quite an accomplishment.”

The Lisa Murrell Award is given annually in honor and loving memory of Lisa Murrell, a member the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2008, to the person in the current class who most epitomizes the spirit of Lisa: Courage, Compassion, Dedication, and Selflessness. McCraney’s classmates described her as a “passionate and tireless worker” with an “attitude of service” who “embodies the spirit of the Commonwealth.”

“Despite the challenges of 2020, Paula displayed to her classmates and the Leadership Kentucky team what it means to be a resilient and compassionate leader. Paula shared important perspectives on key issues in a cordial, polite, and positive way,” said Janice Way, president of Leadership Kentucky. It is an honor to present this distinguished award to her.”

In addition to that award, the Lisa Murrell Scholarship Fund was founded to help assist future Leadership Kentucky participants. Applicants may receive scholarship forms upon request and may be eligible to apply after the participant is notified of their acceptance into the Leadership Kentucky Program.


State of the City Address



In his 11th annual State of the City address on Thursday, Mayor Fischer spoke about the “enormous challenges” of the past year, “the potential in 2021 to make historic progress” – and Louisville’s plans to do just that.

Citing the challenges of a global pandemic and resulting economic downturn, as well as the need to advance the city’s goals of racial equity and justice, reimagine public safety and reduce guns violence, the Mayor said, “We have all been tested in ways we’d never expected. And while sometimes those tests found us wanting, we persevere, we keep moving, keep learning, keep working to heal our city and move forward.”

The Mayor’s focus was on using “the pain and frustration we’ve experienced as fuel to tackle what are, frankly, enormous challenges,” which include:

  • Eliminating COVID-19,
  • Rebuilding Louisville’s economy,
  • Advancing the city’s goals of racial equity and justice
  • And the related challenges of reimagining public safety and reducing gun violence.

Watch the speech.

Learn more about the plans for 2021 and see a transcript of the address.

A Day On, Not a Day Off


Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. AmeriCorps has been charged with leading this effort for the past quarter century.

The MLK Day of Service encourages all types of service, particularly projects that have a lasting impact and connect participants to ongoing service. The most successful projects meet a pressing community need and include time to reflect on his teachings..

In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." Use our Find a Volunteer Opportunity search to find an opportunity in your community! Or, on the MLK Day of Service, find an organization you care about and pledge to serve all year long.


Meet Major Jason Grissom - LMPD 5th Division


District 7, I introduce to you, Major Grissom! 

Major Jason Grissom is the newly-appointed Commander of the LMPD 5th Division.  He has over twenty years of experience with the force, and is committed to being accessible and responsive to our needs. 

Major Grissom has already hit the ground running by sending weekly crime reports to each of the Districts he represents. The report details crime in the following categories: Larceny from vehicles, motor vehicle theft, robbery, aggravated assault and burglary.  Starting with this issue, I will post from his weekly report any crime related to District 7. I hope you'll take note of the number of violations in the report and remember to take all precautions necessary to stay safe and unharmed. The main crime in District 7 is theft from an auto.  So, as a friendly reminder, when you exit your vehicles please hide all valuables from sight, take your keys with you, lock your doors and report suspicious activity.  This tidbit is posted every week at the bottom of this newsletter, but reminders are always good.  Major Grissom would certainly appreciate our cooperation in helping him help us stay victim-free.  

The 5th Division includes the following neighborhoods: Belknap, Bonnycastle, Bowman, Brownsboro Zorn, Cherokee Seneca, Cherokee Triangle, Clifton, Clifton Heights, Crescent Hill, Deer Park, Gardiner Lane, Hawthorne, Hayfield Dundee, Highlands, Highlands Douglass, Irish Hill, Rock Creek and Tyler Park.

While District 7 only has Major Grissom to ourselves in one area - Brownsboro Zorn, he is no less dedicated to leading his command staff to protect and serve us. 

I have a meeting scheduled next week with Major Grissom and can't wait to find out about his plans for his Division.  In the meantime, Major Grissom...  

thank you


COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline


The Mayor was joined by Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness leaders on Tuesday to update local vaccination efforts, including plans to vaccinate 4,000 this week through Public Health’s drive-thru site at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. Watch the briefing.

Louisville remains in the “red zone” for COVID-19 and cases continue to increase. Please continue social distancing, wearing masks and staying home when possible. More information about the city’s response to COVID-19, including testing locations and the vaccination plan, can be found at louisvilleky.gov/covid19.

You may also click here for more information and updates regarding the vaccine procedures: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-covid-19-resource-center/covid-19-vaccine-information or you can simply click here: COVID-19 Resource Center.

On Monday, January 18, Louisville will begin vaccinating people in tier 1B. That group includes:

  • Non-medical first responders (police officers, firefighters)
  • Corrections workers
  • K-12 school personnel (educators)
  • Individuals age 70 and over

If you are age 70 and over, click HERE to request an appointment. 

If you are a non-medical first responder, corrections worker, or work in private or public K-12 school systems, you do not need to take any further action. We are working with your employers to schedule your appointments. 

The health department states that  less than 10,000 appointments are opening next week. Additional slots will become available as the state allocates more doses of the vaccine.

Metro Health anticipates that it will take three months to vaccinate individuals in tier 1B. Please be patient and follow the health department on Facebook and Twitter, and also check this website for updates on appointment openings and to subscribe to COVID-19 health alerts via email.  

To find information on the COVID vaccine, the vaccination process, and how to request an appointment, CLICK HERE


These are the COVID-19 data metrics for the week of January 12, 2021:

  • 4,140 positive cases reported
  • 77.1 cases per 100,000 population
  • 59 deaths reported (A record since the pandemic began)

Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville's Chief Health Strategist, said the increase in COVID-19 spread is a testament to COVID's contagiousness and ability to cause serious illness, death and long-lasting health challenges.

Kroger Regional Vaccination Sites


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2021) – Governor Andy Beshear, state officials and Kroger leadership announced a new partnership to significantly increase the speed of COVID-19 vaccinations across the Commonwealth.

The first Kroger regional drive-through vaccination sites will open the week of February 1 for Kentuckians in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. For more details on who is included in each phase, click here. On Jan. 28, the Governor said more details would be announced on site locations and how to sign up.

“Last year, when we were wondering when anybody who wanted a COVID-19 test would be able to get one, Kroger made that a reality. That testing partnership created the national model for surge testing,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kroger's leadership in this effort will save countless lives.”

The Governor said 324,650 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been received in Kentucky and 172,537 doses have been administered. Of the doses administered, 28,977 have been given to long-term care facility residents and staff.

More than 67,000 doses were administered from January 3 to 9, about 30,000 more doses than were administered the week prior. Since January 10, more than 45,000 additional doses have been administered.

Walgreens and CVS have a contract with the federal government to administer vaccines to residents and staff at long-term care facilities.

Adam Mather, inspector general at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, announced that during the week of Jan. 4 to 10, Walgreens completed vaccinations at 72 long-term care facilities, with 3,512 residents and 2,059 staff receiving doses.

That week, CVS completed vaccinations at 75 long-term care facilities, with 2,973 residents and 2,432 staff receiving doses.

Big Changes to Vaccine Rollout

The big change is that there will be some leeway for distributors administering the vaccine. Here's what that means for Kentuckians.

The commonwealth is currently working through phase 1A of its distribution plan, which includes vaccinating those in long-term care facilities and health care personnel.

But due to restrictions prioritizing those in the current group, distributors haven't been allowed to give vaccines to others waiting in line.

Now, to help speed up distribution, Kentucky will allow distributors to move extra vaccine doses to those in the next phase if there are extra doses.

This means that if a distributor is vaccinating those in Phase 1A, but has more doses than needed, it can move to 1B individuals, but return to 1A when they receive their next shipment.

“We’ve got to get these things out faster. I’m not OK with the pace that they are currently being provided. We have too many people out there who are rightfully anxious, and they need to see this whole country pick up the pace. We are certainly going to do it here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Today we’re going to talk about some changes we’re making, some additional clarification, so if we ever have another case like those two stores that thaw too much vaccine again, they know exactly what population should get it.”

The planned vaccination phases are:

  • Phase 1a: Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel
  • Phase 1b: First responders, Kentuckians age greater than or equal to 70 years old, K-12 school personnel
  • Phase 1c: Kentuckians greater than or equal to 60, anyone older than 16 with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highest-risk conditions for COVID-19, all essential workers
  • Phase 2: Age >= 40
  • Phase 3: Age >= 16
  • Phase 4: Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group (estimated to comprise 18% of Kentucky’s population)

“We are committed to getting this done quickly, efficiently and in the best way we know how and are able to deliver. We’re committed to ramping up the pace dramatically,” said Dr. Stack. “We’re asking every vaccination site to use the prioritization guidance and stick with that, but the top level goal is for every vaccine administration site in the state to administer 90% or more of the vaccine doses they receive within one week, so we don’t have vaccine doses waiting in a freezer until the next week.”

To view the CDC’s highest-risk conditions for COVID-19, click here. To view essential workers, defined for these vaccination phases, click here.




Notice of Public Hearing - Monday, February 1st



School's Out - Pay by Day Camp


January 18, February 12 & 15, March 29 - April 2, Grades Pre-K to 5 When school’s out, science is in! In our pay by day camps, your child will develop skills and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Our camp encourages all campers to play, tinker, and investigate the world around them with plenty of time to explore their favorite science center. Join us on January 18 to use Cubelets© and Littlebits© robotics to build a robot that can follow a line and even move in response to light.

Trying to plan the rest of your school year? Camp will be in session for Spring Break and other days off. All dates are available to be booked today! 


Science Center at St. Matthews Mall


Need a break while shopping? Spend an hour with Kentucky Science Center at Mall St. Matthews!

Challenge your children to investigate, explore, build, predict and test, and shop for shapes, textures, and colors - all through experimental and imaginative play. You'll find versions of some of your favorite Science in Play exhibits in our Mall St. Matthews location, across from the restrooms near Aeropostale. Admission is FREE for members and $5 for non-member children. 


Apply for the Spring Neighborhood Institute


The Neighborhood Institute is a neighborhood leadership-education program established in 1987 by the Center For Neighborhoods, a non-profit civic organization. The Neighborhood Institute equips neighborhood leaders with the resources necessary to effect positive change by acting through and with their neighborhood groups.

Part of the Neighborhood Institute curriculum includes a self-directed project in the community.  Through the class projects, people become engaged in the community as they branch out and apply the information and knowledge from the class to real-life situations.

For more information about Neighborhood Institute, please visit www.centerforneighborhoods.org/neighborhood-institute, call 502-589-0343, or email education@centerforneighborhoods.org 

Click here to apply.

Community Impact Awards


CAFE' Louie - Meet Your Legislator


Back by popular demand, Café LOUIE will resume next week.  This event gives constituents an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of their elected representatives. Of course due to COVID-19, sessions will take place through Facebook Live!  Sessions are on Saturday mornings from 9 am - 10 am starting January 23.  Sessions include Metro Council members, state representatives and suburban city mayors and/or councilmembers. 

I am scheduled to appear at the February 20th and March 20th sessions. I hope you can join us!

For more information and details about the event, please click here

Keep Your Pets Safe




Can You Guess All 34 Characters?


Hint: Number 29 is Casper.


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Update from the Governor


To view the Governor’s recent executive orders, click here:    https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=475

COVID-19 Information


Metro 311

Have an Issue Government Should Solve?


LENS Alert


In August 2016 Louisville Metro Emergency Services teamed up with Bullitt County, Oldham County, and Washington County to create a regional emergency notification system – Louisville Emergency Notification System (LENSAlert).  Its enhanced capabilities include using all communications modes to send alerts – mobile phones, landlines, email, text, social media, IPAWS-OPEN.  Take another step in being prepared for disasters and sign up for LENSAlert today.

SMART 911.com


In addition to receiving notifications, individuals can create a Safety Profile for themselves and their household that can include any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. When individuals make an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right responders to the right location with the right information. Information about medical history, allergies to medication, number of residents in a home and even a picture of the family dog can all be added to a Safety Profile.

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Smart911

Dial 2-1-1 for Assistance with Food


Buying and Selling Safety Zones


Are you looking for a public place to exchange items you've sold online? Do you share custody of a child and are looking for somewhere to exchange custody?

The Louisville Metro Police Department is providing MetroSWAP Zones outside of some Division offices.

There is 24 hour video surveillance. LMPD recommends:

  • Agree to meet the person ONLY at a MetroSWAP station.
  • Meet only during daylight hours.
  • Tell someone you trust where you are meeting and at what time.
  • Meet in the parking lot at two designate areas of each location.
  • Make the interaction brief and to the point.

MetroSWAP Zones are at:

Sign Up to Receive Crime Alerts


Visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroPolice/Patrol+Divisions/ to sign up to receive the LMPD’s new crime alert update for your neighborhood. Simply select your LMPD division number and click "Subscribe to Crime Alerts by Beat" to begin receiving the update.

  • Division 5, please call dispatch at 502-574-7111
  • Division 8, please call dispatch at 502-574-2111

Fifth Division - This division covers the area including the Highlands, Clifton and Cherokee and Seneca Parks.

Eighth Division - This division covers the area including Middletown, Lyndon, Oxmoor and the Ford Truck Plant.

Interactive Crime Mapping

You can now map crime in Louisville using the interactive mapping tool

Lock Your Car!


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Kentucky General Assembly

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